Advent and Christmas


Advent marks the beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year, a time to pause to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Each Sunday in Advent, we light a new Advent Wreath candle, symbolizing hope, peace, joy, and love to prepare for Christmas to come.

Mitten Tree Sunday

During Advent, we have a special service where our congregation brings new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to decorate two Christmas trees at the beginning of the worship service. The winter gear is donated to local families in need through East End House in Cambridge.

Longest Night

We offer a meditative service for winter solstice, on or near December 21st, the longest night of the year. Christmas can be a time of great joy, but also can bring sadness for those who have experienced or are in the midst of loss, illness, or pain. Longest Night allows us to reflect on these myriad emotions with others in our quiet candlelit sanctuary. Extensive organ music and lovely hymns are performed, and readings and prayers spoken. All are welcome to join this restorative service.

Christmas Eve

We celebrate the birth of Jesus with two worship services. An Intergenerational Christmas Pageant is geared toward families to experience the Christmas story first-hand. The early evening service ends with a Nativity tableau and candle lighting to welcome the Bethlehem baby. Our Candlelight Communion Service of Lessons and Carols offers extensive music from our Chancel Choir, and the Sacrament of Communion. The quiet service ends with candle lighting and joyful thanksgiving for the gift of Christ.

Want to get involved? Have questions?

Contact Karen Gale

Latest Advent and Christmas News

Pilgrim Church Christmas Party - December 17
Posted: Nov 15 2017 - 11:32am

Pilgrim Church Christmas Party--Dec. 17th

What do you get when you add a bunch of Pilgrims, great food, and a roster of carols--a great Christmas party! Come celebrate Christmas (a bit early) with the congregation. We will eat, sing and be merry. The lunch will be held downstairs in Fellowship Hall right after worship on Dec. 17th.

Advent Calendar at Pilgrim Church
Posted: Nov 15 2017 - 10:47am

Advent-Christmas Worship at Pilgrim Church

Dec. 3-First Sunday in Advent
Dec. 10-Second Sunday in Advent
Dec. 17-Third Sunday in Advent with a special music presentation by Pilgrim’s Choir
Dec. 24-Fourth Sunday in Advent--A family friendly, intergenerational service
Dec. 24-Christmas Eve, 4pm--Celebrating the birth of Christ with a pageant and candlelight service followed by a time for cookies and conversation in Pilgrim Hall
Dec. 31-Christmas Hymn Sing--A family friendly service with carols sung by request from the congregation. A joyful way to sing out the “old” year and get ready for the new.

Congregational Conversation - The Christmas Pageant
Posted: Oct 6 2017 - 12:31pm


Talking about and planning for Pilgrim's Christmas pageant brings up different feelings and perspectives among our diverse Pilgrim members. We have different ideas about what Christmas means at Pilgrim and how we celebrate it in worship. Staff members need to start planning for Advent and Christmas soon. Therefore, we will hold a congregational conversation about the pageant on October 15th after worship. All people are invited. It will be a facilitated time of understanding Pilgrim's past traditions, listening to one another, and discerning together how to celebrate the birth of the Christ child this year. The meeting will last about one hour, with a second time to be scheduled if needed.